Interested in gambling online? If so, chances are you might play a hand or two of Texas Hold ’em, made one of today’s most popular poker games because of celebrity tournaments and televised events. Other popular poker games include Five Card Draw and Seven Card Stud. And if you’re going to play the game, you need to know the basics of poker, and that includes the “hierarchy” of poker hands.
Poker hands are typically make up of five cards. From high to low, the cards are ranked Ace, King, Queen, Jack, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three and two. There is one of each card for each suit (spades, aces, hearts, diamonds).
Here is the hierarchy of poker hands from highest to lowest:
ROYAL FLUSH: This is the highest hand you can hold in a straight poker game, and it consists of an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and ten of the same suit (such as all spades or all hearts).
STRAIGHT FLUSH: A straight (5 cards in a row, such as ten, nine, eight, seven and six) of the same suit.
FOUR OF A KIND: Four of one card, such as four Queens or four tens.
FULL HOUSE: Three of one card and two of another, such as three Queens and two tens.
FLUSH: All five cards are the same suit, such as five hearts or five spades.
STRAIGHT: Five cards in a row, such as a ten, nine, eight, seven and six.
THREE OF A KIND: Three of one card, such as three Queens or three tens.
TWO PAIR: Two pairs of different cards, such as holding both two Queens AND two tens.
ONE PAIR: Two of the same card, such as two Queens.
HIGH CARD: Nothing but a single high card, such as one